Bishop-elect Patrick Neary, C.S.C.

The 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud

“I never expected this invitation, this call, from the Holy Father, from the Church; and I said yes, just trusting in the Lord.”

– Fr. Patrick Neary, C.S.C.

Pope Francis has named Father Patrick Neary, C.S.C., a member of Congregation of Holy Cross, the next bishop on December 15, 2022.


Bishop-elect Patrick Neary’s episcopal ordination Mass will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud. Because of limited capacity, entry to the ordination Mass is by invitation only.

Vespers will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, also at the cathedral. A reception will follow in the cathedral’s lower church.

Both events will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Saint Cloud’s YouTube channel. Updates and the livestream links will be provided on this page when they become available.

Please direct questions to Joe Towalski in the Office of Communications at or 320-258-7624.

“When I look toward the future of the diocese, a number of hopes and dreams come to mind. My first desire is to get to know my new family!” Read more.

Those who know him best say Bishop-elect Neary brings many gifts and a listening ear to his ministry.  Read more.

“Please join me in giving Bishop-elect Neary a warm welcome! He has already learned much about our Church in central Minnesota, and he will learn much more when he begins to visit our parishes, Area Catholic Communities and religious communities.” Read more.

Bishop-elect Neary was in St. Cloud for the announcement Dec. 15 and a press conference that was held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center that morning. Read more.

Pope Francis has named Father Patrick Neary, C.S.C., a member of Congregation of Holy Cross, as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Read more.



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